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Old 11-25-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Ok, so I have a very mixed request, as I need to keep my options open.....I will be moving to the DC area in 2 months & my job will be near Judiciary square and one block further from Union Station. My budget is approx $1900 per mth, including everything & I have a car. My preferences within DC are Cleveland park, Woodley Park, Van Ness & Dupont. Based on my internet searches thus far it seems like I could find something small in an older building ( I'd like to be within walking distance to a metro) . Any suggestions for specific buildings in these areas with good reputations would be appreciated.
I do have serious concerns about pests (rats, roaches & bed bugs) so I am wiling to go outside of DC for a newer/nicer building within my range. I'm open to Arlington & I heard a lot about the Gallery in North Bethesda near White Flint Metro. My concern is, how long would it take to get from that far north on the red line to Judiciary square?? Does the red line really have bad delays?
Alternatively, I am open to areas within Arlington (Crystal/Pentagon City) & possibly Alexandria, but that would require a transfer I believe...are transfers common/not a big deal, or should I stick to the red line in DC/MD? Also, I'd appreciate specific building recommendations in these areas as well.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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White Flint Metro is a straight shot on the red line. Thing is though, you're on the other side of the line. Probably a 30-35 minute Metro ride on a giving morning and evening. Red line isn't as bad as say the Orange line, but it's also prone to having it's delays. Would you consider downtown Silver Spring? On the red line...off the top of my head it's probably about 7 stops.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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In your price range, Wheaton or Silver Spring would be a good bet for a nice one bedroom in a newish or even a brand new building (WITH a washer and dryer in your unit, which is *very* rare in the older buildings alongside the Wisconsin and Conn. Avenue corridors). SS to Judiciary Sq. can't be more that 20-25 minutes. You're talking double that from the other end of the Red line. For a specific building in White Flint though, check out the Monterrey. Though the walk to the metro is not the most pedestrian friendly, it's a pretty good building with a lot of amenities. Also might want to look at some of the newer places popping up along the Green line on Georgia Avenue.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:30 AM
 
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I agree with RozCar. The SS Metro area is full of recently built apt buildings, but I have no idea how much they run. You are also within walking distance to downtown SS.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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white flint to Judiciary square is about 30 minutes. Not too bad.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Ok, so I have a very mixed request, as I need to keep my options open.....I will be moving to the DC area in 2 months & my job will be near Judiciary square and one block further from Union Station. My budget is approx $1900 per mth, including everything & I have a car. My preferences within DC are Cleveland park, Woodley Park, Van Ness & Dupont. Based on my internet searches thus far it seems like I could find something small in an older building ( I'd like to be within walking distance to a metro) . Any suggestions for specific buildings in these areas with good reputations would be appreciated.
I do have serious concerns about pests (rats, roaches & bed bugs) so I am wiling to go outside of DC for a newer/nicer building within my range. I'm open to Arlington & I heard a lot about the Gallery in North Bethesda near White Flint Metro. My concern is, how long would it take to get from that far north on the red line to Judiciary square?? Does the red line really have bad delays?
Alternatively, I am open to areas within Arlington (Crystal/Pentagon City) & possibly Alexandria, but that would require a transfer I believe...are transfers common/not a big deal, or should I stick to the red line in DC/MD? Also, I'd appreciate specific building recommendations in these areas as well.
You should be able to get something fine in that price range in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, and Van Ness. (Maybe not a super-luxury building, but something clea, pest-free, safe, etc.)
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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If you like going out and see yourself in DC on Friday/Saturday nights, then I would strongly consider living within the District. For your budget (and safety), this generally means that you'll have to look for a nice studio apartment either in Eastern Market or Capitol Hill. Studios in DC are not like studios in NYC - DC studios are larger and IMHO, quite nicer. You can probably find a decent sized one (about 450-500sq ft) in a modern apartment building for about $1,400 to $1,500, in these areas. Also, Eastern Market and Capitol Hill are very nice neighborhoods, safe, fun and with lots of young folks - both are very close to Union Station.

With the extra savings, you can rent a secured and covered parking space (probably in the same apartment complex) for about $225/month, and utilities will cost about $50/month for a single person (not counting cable and internet). So there you go, all for the total sum of about $1,775. By the way, I've seen decent one-bedrooms in those areas renting for about $1,700/month, so who knows, you might even be able to fit that in your costs.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for all of your replies....the last time I was down there I looked briefly in SS near the metro area, I wasn't super duper in love, but I didnt spend enough time in the area to rule SS out completely. Like I said, I am leaving myself open. @ Rozcat, thank you for the building suggestion, I will check that out as well. Any other specific building recommendations in downtown Bethesda and the Cleveland/Woodley Park & Van ness areas that anyone has would be greatly appreciated. I am constantly on apartmentratings.com, and always reading about roach infestations, even at the nicer buildings. It's a bit frustrating, so suggestions are more than welcome!!! Thanks again!!!
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